Architecture Pathfinders

Are you confused by the world of architecture? Don't know how to tell a capital from a column? A Queen Anne from a Tudor? Or do you know something about architecture, but would like to learn more about what you are seeing as you travel throughout Rochester and Monroe County? Then this tour is for you. Each pathfinder explores a different architectural topic or theme and is supported by an extensive vocabulary list.

Vocabulary List-By clicking on these purple words in the pathfinders, the user will be directed to the vocabulary list for a clear, concise definition (or just feel free to browse through the list and enjoy learning about architecture)!

The Topics

Architectural Styles-Discover the many varieties of domestic and public buildings that exist locally.

Rochester's Own: Local Architects of the Past-Meet a few of Rochester's most prominent local architects who designed many of the structures we see every day.

Lost Rochester-Explore pieces of Rochester's past through buildings that no longer exist.

Adaptive Reuse-See how architects have modified and redesigned existing structures for modern day demands.

East Side-West Side-Stroll by the mansions and museums of East Avenue to the working class residential district of West Avenue exploring these two neighborhoods from the 19th century to present day.

Every Building Tells a Story-Learn about some of Rochester's most remarkable structures.


This pathfinder was funded by a grant from the Library Services and Technology Act and published by the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County.

Authors: Kathryn Heckle, Colleen R. McBride and Elizabeth P. Spring

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